Updates



Democrats’ Dilemma over the Federal Judiciary

Susan Sullivan Lagon | March 29, 2017

In all likelihood, Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. How he gets there is the question, not whether. If confirmed, Gorsuch will be a predictably conservative voice on the nation’s highest bench just like Scalia was. It’s the next vacancy that could shift the


Senior Fellow Laura Blessing in Scholarship

GAI | March 28, 2017

Dr. Blessing recently joined an interdisciplinary discussion of fiscal policy in the sociology journal Contexts.  Her piece, “The Only Trump Pivot That Mattered”, discusses Trump’s positions on tax policy and their evolution to meet the Republican mold.  It begins on page 17 of the journal’s “Chump Change” section. ​


Letter from New GAI Director

Kristin Nicholson | February 27, 2017

It is with excitement that I write this note, my first of many for our GAI newsletter subscribers. On February 1, I became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute, a role I am thrilled to take on following the retirement of my predecessor, Dr. Ken Gold. So, allow me to introduce myself. I grew


On to Reconciliation! Republicans have a plan but probably won’t follow it.

Josh Huder | January 12, 2017

The Senate passed a budget yesterday. It lacked some of the typical hallmarks of a budget resolution. Namely, the chamber did not debate in any great detail discretionary spending numbers. This budget is meant for one purpose and one purpose only: repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the campaign congressional Republicans set out on


On Congress: A few Farewell Thoughts

Kenneth Gold | January 12, 2017

When the 115th Congress convened last week it was immediately faced with a range of important issues: the promised repeal of Obamacare, the passing of an FY17 budget resolution, proposals for major tax reform, an overhaul of entitlement programs, what to do about the massive federal debt, and a full slate of confirmation hearings in


Director’s Desk

GAI | January 12, 2017

After more than 25 years with the Government Affairs Institute, including 23 years as Director, I’m retiring at the end of the month.  Kristin Nicholson, longtime Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin and a 20 year veteran of the House of Representatives will become GAI Director on February 1. It’s been a great run. 


Senior Fellow Josh Huder in the News

GAI | January 5, 2017

GAI Senior Fellow Josh Huder was recently quoted in two articles discussing congressional Republicans’ challenges in governing and their relationship with the incoming President Trump.  “The Republican Party is going through a bit of a metamorphosis with regards to its base,”….“There’s a lot of uncertainty on the Hill right now. How much are these very


Looking Towards 2017: National Security in Focus

GAI | December 1, 2016

With the election over and cabinet hopefuls parading to Trump Tower, political prognosticators are looking towards 2017.  What will the incoming presidential administration and unified Republican government mean for policy and politics?  The congressional experts at GAI are weighing in with a series of deeper dives on different subject areas.  Below are the contributions for


Director’s Desk: December 1, 2016

Kenneth Gold | December 1, 2016

Welcome back!  In case you hadn’t noticed, the GAI  On the Hill Newsletter has been on hiatus since Congress adjourned in July.  Although they reconvened for the lame duck two weeks ago with the same Members of Congress in both chambers, Donald Trump’s surprise election victory has altered much of the landscape in Congress as


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in Roll Call

GAI | November 10, 2016

GAI Senior Fellow Mark Harkins gives insight into policies Congress could pass under Trump.“Most of his major proposals, like any presidential candidate, require resources,”… “The wall needs money. The infrastructure stuff he was talking about last night needs money. Reforming the tax code to give back to the American people, that needs resources. … The


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